Solar panels on state prisons in Colorado are saving taxpayers money. As of the date of this publication, nine state prisons have installed solar panel arrays to generate solar electricity and cut operational costs.
By relying on solar power, the Colorado prison system is expected to save about $475,000 in utility bills over the next 20 years. It is expensive to run operations at the institutions, but photovoltaic solar panel arrays are helping reduce power bills.
To date, nine state prisons in Colorado have installed photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays to generate solar electricity. Reducing reliance on grid-based power is both environmentally sound, and a sound investment. Experts predict that the state prison solar arrays will save Colorado taxpayers about $475,000 in utility bills over the 20-year life of the solar panels.
In addition to helping defray costs with solar panels on the state prisons, the installations will help inmates learn important job skills that may lead to securing a green job upon release, reducing the risk of recidivism. Inmates can help with the installation of the solar panels on the prisons.
Considering the vast stretches of land that surround correctional institutions, why not put some of that property to use with solar power arrays? State prison systems can save green, while they go green. Inmates and visitors can learn about the renewable resource, which may translate into a brighter future for all!